Bombshell: Olympia Snowe to retire; Update: The plot thickens

posted at 5:28 pm on February 28, 2012 by Allahpundit

Just across at CNN. No details yet, but Fox reporter Trish Turner is tweeting bits of what she claims is Snowe’s statement. Quote:

“I have no doubt I would have won re-election”

“I do find it frustrating, however, that an atmosphere of polarization and ‘my way or the highway’ ideologies has become pervasive in campaigns and in our governing institutions.”

“…what I have had to consider is how productive an additional term would be. Unfortunately, I do not realistically expect the partisanship of recent years in the Senate to change over the short term. So at this stage of my tenure in public service, I have concluded that I am not prepared to commit myself to an additional six years in the Senate, which is what a fourth term would entail.”

“I see a vital need for the political center in order for our democracy to flourish and to find solutions that unite rather than divide us. It is time for change in the way we govern”

Don’t get too excited to see a RINO go. Nate Silver tweets, “We had estimated GOP’s chances of holding Maine senate at 85% before. Maybe 20-30% now after Snowe retirement.” Taking back the Senate just got a lot harder. Stand by for updates.

Update: In case you’re tempted to think she quit to deny tea partiers the pleasure of tossing her out, Roll Call had the seat rated “safe Republican” and a PPP poll taken in November had her favorable rating among GOP primary voters at 51/37, up from 47/44 last March. Losing her is like losing Scott Brown, but like Brown, Snowe was a no vote on ObamaCare. If this seat turns blue, repeal just became less likely.

Update: For an early inkling of Snowe’s disgruntlement, go back and read this post from September 2010 about her lamenting “ideological purity” after the defeat of Mike Castle in Delaware. I wondered at the time whether she might bypass the primary altogether by going independent and forming some sort of new Senate indie caucus with Lieberman, Scott Brown, Collins, Murkowski, Ben Nelson, etc. That could have been the nucleus for greater centrist influence in Congress, and maybe even the germ of a third-party movement. Instead, she’ll likely end up being replaced by an orthodox Democrat. Oh well.

Update: So perfectly does her statement coincide with David Brooks’s column this morning, I have to wonder if they weren’t coordinated. Says Brooksy, first they came for the RINOs…

But where have these party leaders been over the past five years, when all the forces that distort the G.O.P. were metastasizing? Where were they during the rise of Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck? Where were they when Arizona passed its beyond-the-fringe immigration law? Where were they in the summer of 2011 when the House Republicans rejected even the possibility of budget compromise? They were lying low, hoping the unpleasantness would pass.

The wingers call their Republican opponents RINOs, or Republican In Name Only. But that’s an insult to the rhino, which is a tough, noble beast. If RINOs were like rhinos, they’d stand up to those who seek to destroy them. Actually, what the country needs is some real Rhino Republicans. But the professional Republicans never do that. They’re not rhinos. They’re Opossum Republicans. They tremble for a few seconds then slip into an involuntary coma every time they’re challenged aggressively from the right…

Leaders of a party are supposed to educate the party, to police against its worst indulgences, to guard against insular information loops. They’re supposed to define a creed and establish boundaries. Republican leaders haven’t done that. Now the old pious cliché applies:

First they went after the Rockefeller Republicans, but I was not a Rockefeller Republican. Then they went after the compassionate conservatives, but I was not a compassionate conservative. Then they went after the mainstream conservatives, and there was no one left to speak for me.

Rhinos, possums: Is there an animal that gets indignant before committing suicide to prove a point so that we have an analogy for Snowe?

Update: Via Slublog, this blogger at the Bangor Daily News says something’s suspicious here: “There is very obviously something going on here behind the scenes, since Senator Snowe was so aggressively campaigning for re-election, and in full campaign mode for the last year. Decisions like this – being so very much running (and winning) to very much not – do not happen this abruptly in politics. Ever.”

More, from a separate post: “I am told her own staff was unaware of this decision until just hours before the statement went out – just long enough to actually work on the release and send it out.”


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there goes one less Senate seat for the GOP

Drunk Report on February 28, 2012 at 5:29 PM

“I`m taking my ball and going home!”

ThePrez on February 28, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Uh Oh… Red Meat… nobody get excited!!!

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on February 28, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Well.…Bye.

portlandon on February 28, 2012 at 5:29 PM

I guess they’ll get a REAL democrat in there now.

Harbingeing on February 28, 2012 at 5:29 PM

So instead of having a Maine RINO to vote against conservatives, we’ll have a Maine Democrat to vote against conservatives. PROGRESS!

MadisonConservative on February 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Good……..bye.

FireBlogger on February 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM

http://gifsoup.com/webroot/animatedgifs/14342_o.gif

Notorious GOP on February 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM

And she’ll endorse the “moderate democrat” running for her seat in 3-2-1…

Rational Thought on February 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM

So I’m going to vacate my seat so some partisan ideologue from the Left can take it over for 6 years.

Nethicus on February 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Good riddance. LePage for Senate!

Lawdawg86 on February 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM

David Brooks weeps…

d1carter on February 28, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Wow. Tea Party, snatching control of the Senate from the jaws of victory since 2012. Thanks morons.

NoStoppingUs on February 28, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Good Riddance, retire in shame after hurting your fellow countrymen, robbing their liberties, and wasting wealth and opportunity.

tom daschle concerned on February 28, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Just think, if a Dem picks up the seat, it’ll still be a net gain for the Republicans.

catmman on February 28, 2012 at 5:31 PM

What a snob.

tinkerthinker on February 28, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Big picture CRAP

KBird on February 28, 2012 at 5:31 PM

She would do that. One last finger in the eye of the GOP–doing her part to prevent a senate takeover. Is there a half sarc tag??/

Donald Draper on February 28, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Who will be the GOP candidate(s)? LePage?

Apologetic California on February 28, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Effen A!

Mudhog on February 28, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Was Snowe even facing a serious Tea Party primary challenge? I thought she had cleared the field for her 2012 run…

Lawdawg86 on February 28, 2012 at 5:32 PM

I know I should be upset because this will make it even harder for the GOP to take the Senate but…it’s Olympia Snowe. All the emotion I can muster is “eh.”

joekenha on February 28, 2012 at 5:32 PM

She heard the call of history re: Obamacare. Now she retires after her lone vote allowed it out of committee. Nicely done, Olympia.

And why does her retirement make taking the Senate more difficult? That’s absurd.

SouthernGent on February 28, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Keeping control of the Senate with her there is not much different than losing it with a D there.

Good riddance.

repealObamacarePAC.com on February 28, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Maybe LaPage will jump in then.

ConservativePartyNow on February 28, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Wow. Tea Party, snatching control of the Senate from the jaws of victory since 2012. Thanks morons.

NoStoppingUs on February 28, 2012 at 5:31 PM

They weren’t running a primary challenger AFAIK.

Her doing it this late in the process severely handicaps the chances of getting a candidate worth a crap to replace her.

teke184 on February 28, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Great. Another opportunity for Levin, Limbaugh, and the Tea Party halfwits to get a loser nominated.

Mark1971 on February 28, 2012 at 5:33 PM

So wait, Snowe is basically quitting because the GOP has become too extreme and that somehow prevents her from doing her own thing?

Notorious GOP on February 28, 2012 at 5:33 PM

I guess History doesn’t call her on the phone any more.

INC on February 28, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Ding dong….

ElectricPhase on February 28, 2012 at 5:34 PM

One last “screw you” to the GOP from Mrs Snow.

Ca97 on February 28, 2012 at 5:34 PM

There goes the Senate control.

joana on February 28, 2012 at 5:34 PM

good riddence you spineless RINO winch……better to call the seat with a D on it rather than an R that votes D……

Let’s find someone to take the seat back for Conservatives!

SDarchitect on February 28, 2012 at 5:35 PM

And why does her retirement make taking the Senate more difficult? That’s absurd.

SouthernGent on February 28, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Because the Maine seat is seen as one that will go blue if it were an open seat and not a defending incumbent.

It means that the number of seats to be taken increases by one, provided that Brown holds his seat and that whomever replaces Snowe doesn’t miraculously win.

teke184 on February 28, 2012 at 5:35 PM

So instead of having a Maine RINO to vote against conservatives, we’ll have a Maine Democrat to vote against conservatives. PROGRESS!
MadisonConservative on February 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM

This is one of those times the phrase “A difference that makes no difference” actually applies.

whatcat on February 28, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Losing her is like losing Scott Brown, but like Brown, Snowe was a no vote on ObamaCare.

Snowe was the only republican to vote ObamaCare out of committee.

ninjapirate on February 28, 2012 at 5:35 PM

She doesn’t seem to be too much into that checks and balances thing. Obviously feels we need more bipartisan laws.

a capella on February 28, 2012 at 5:35 PM

RINOs still have Collins. The likely Democrats are probably its two congresscritters.

Apologetic California on February 28, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Another thing folks. The Senate picture in Wisconsin is looking great. Plus, Walker is only slightly down against feingold according to PPP and with his warchest and time, I wouldnt worry. It depends what RINO comes up here in Maine I thing we’ll snag it there. How are we in Ohio?

We only need 4 wins right?

Flapjackmaka on February 28, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Sure the “center” can’t possibly be “extreme”. Why it’s just where all the best people with only the best intentions perch and look down on the “extremes”. If only they could mix one extreme with another they would always arrive at the perfect solution. *gag*

MechanicalBill on February 28, 2012 at 5:35 PM

At least she did beg for a Santorum endorsement.

MeatHeadinCA on February 28, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Hallelujah...Hallelujah….Hallelujah

portlandon on February 28, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Maybe LaPage will jump in then.

ConservativePartyNow on February 28, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Why would he do that? He’d have no chances of winning.

joana on February 28, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Wow. Tea Party, snatching control of the Senate from the jaws of victory since 2012. Thanks morons.

BillMaher on February 28, 2012 at 5:31 PM

dolt.

tom daschle concerned on February 28, 2012 at 5:36 PM

18 years should be more than enough time for Senators to accomplish what they think is important before leaving the Senate.

Enjoy your retirement Senator Snowe.

Now, where can we find a conservative candidate to run for Maine’s Senate seat?

wren on February 28, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Good riddance! And don’t let that RINO door cause a concussion when it hits your backside on the way out.

stukinIL4now on February 28, 2012 at 5:36 PM

did = didn’t

MeatHeadinCA on February 28, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Here is hoping for a democrat to replace her. At least then we might get a few votes on conservative policy out of the seat.

astonerii on February 28, 2012 at 5:37 PM

The only positive coming out of this, IMHO, is that this is a year where the Dims are already having to contest about 23+ seats.

Them contesting Maine means that they have to focus on yet another seat when they’re already going to be playing defense in Virginia, Ohio, Montana, Nebraska, etc.

teke184 on February 28, 2012 at 5:37 PM

So instead of having a Maine RINO to vote against conservatives, we’ll have a Maine Democrat to vote against conservatives. PROGRESS!
MadisonConservative on February 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Except that the Maine Democrat will make Reid the majority leader and that matters quite a bit as the last couple of years have showed.

Plus, Snowe was still much more conservative than the most conservative democrat in the Senate – let alone than a liberal democrat from Maine.

joana on February 28, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Great. Another opportunity for Levin, Limbaugh, and the Tea Party halfwits to get a loser nominated.

Mark1971 on February 28, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Snowe spent the last year reaching out to the Tea Party and clearing the primary field. It is not the Tea Party’s fault that she is suddenly bowing out of the race at a very inopportune time.

And to hell with Snowe, she served as “bipartisan” window-dressing for Obamacare/Bachus’ bill as it was moving through committee. As with Mike Castle, we’re better off without her in the Senate to provide “bipartisan” cover for the Democrats’ big spending initiatives.

Lawdawg86 on February 28, 2012 at 5:38 PM

I beg to differ. We could have won Nevada and Delaware with 60-70% Republicans versus the zero percent we have now. Senator Snowe was always with the Republicans for the tough votes. Now we will have to deal with the LSM reporting this great victory for the Democrats.

eagleriverboy on February 28, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Despite the projected Dem win, there is a silver lining. Snowe job was the ranking R on the Finance Committee behind Hatch. If Hatch gets primaried and the R’s end up winning the senate, we would have had to put up with her as Finance Committee Chair. Ugh, imagine how great that would be.

Lost in Jersey on February 28, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Breaking News: Christine O’Donnell seen driving a UHaul truck to Maine at a neck breaking speed.

portlandon on February 28, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Here is hoping for a democrat to replace her.

astonerii on February 28, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Nobody is surprised by your hopes.

joana on February 28, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Why do people inaccurately blame Snowe for being the deciding vote for “allowing Obamacare out of committee”?

This is nonsense, a brazen lie. The Senate Dems controlled the Senate Finance Committee 12-9 in 2009-2010. Snowe’s vote made the margin 13-8. Her vote was not determinative.

Let’s not forget that Snowe – along with every GOP senator — voted against every cloture motion and final passage of Obamacare. McConnell rarely gets any credit, when in fact there was tremendous pressure on many GOP senators to bolt and give the damned bill the patina of bipartisanship. McConnell kept everyone in camp, which was a much bigger accomplishment than is generally recognized.

matthew8787 on February 28, 2012 at 5:39 PM

She accomplished so much!!!

therightwinger on February 28, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Not good. Our odds of taking over the Senate just went way down. Anyone know if there is a strong Maine Republican that would have a chance in heck of beating the Dem?

McDuck on February 28, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Lawdawg86 on February 28, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Somebody knows the truth!

astonerii on February 28, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Losing her is like losing Scott Brown, but like Brown, Snowe was a no vote on ObamaCare.

Riiiiiiight….

How quickly we forget:

http://hotair.com/greenroom/archives/2009/10/14/obamacare-snowementum/

Good Riddance, RINO Swine

Norwegian on February 28, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Snowe spent the last year reaching out to the Tea Party and clearing the primary field. It is not the Tea Party’s fault that she is suddenly bowing out of the race at a very inopportune time.

Where did I say that it was the Tea Party’s fault that Snowe isn’t running?

Mark1971 on February 28, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Great. Another opportunity for Levin, Limbaugh, and the Tea Party halfwits to get a loser nominated.

Mark1971 on February 28, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Please don’t give us another Marco Rubio…are you listening, Maine!

Deafdog on February 28, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Maine, like Wisconsin, had a “come to Jesus” moment in 2010 and went all-red including both houses of the legislature and the governorship. It’s still a blue state deep down, but there is some real willingness to reject Democrats in the Maine voters. (I believe 2010 was not so much about “choosing Republicans” as it was about “rejecting Democrats”.) If the next GOP candidate is a savvy campaigner (not too likely) and the next Dem candidate is a contemptuous socialistic loon (quite likely), Maine could very well elect the GOP candidate.

joe_doufu on February 28, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Losing her is like losing Scott Brown, but like Brown, Snowe was a no vote on ObamaCare.

AP, how can you forget History Calling Her & telling her to vote it out of committee?

She did in the Senate what the traitorous “pro-life” Blue Dogs did in the House.

My thought is that she assumed she would be able to vote no later, and use that to defend herself.

INC on February 28, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Snowe spent the last year reaching out to the Tea Party and clearing the primary field. It is not the Tea Party’s fault that she is suddenly bowing out of the race at a very inopportune time.

And to hell with Snowe, she served as “bipartisan” window-dressing for Obamacare/Bachus’ bill as it was moving through committee. As with Mike Castle, we’re better off without her in the Senate to provide “bipartisan” cover for the Democrats’ big spending initiatives.

Lawdawg86 on February 28, 2012 at 5:38 PM

People say that, but they don’t really care. If they cared, Santorum would have never polled above 2%.

joana on February 28, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Breaking News: Christine O’Donnell seen driving a UHaul truck to Maine at a neck breaking speed.

portlandon on February 28, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Payback time for Romney!

MeatHeadinCA on February 28, 2012 at 5:41 PM

teke184 on February 28, 2012 at 5:35 PM

No, what it means is that democrats will have to spend money in Maine now. I can name 5 senate seats that the GOP can flip with minimal effort:

Landrieu/Louisiana
McCaskill/Missouri
Tester/Montana
Webb[Open]/Virgina
Nelson[Open]/Nebraska

And that’s just 5 out of the 23 the democrats are defending.

SouthernGent on February 28, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Maybe LaPage will jump in then.

ConservativePartyNow on February 28, 2012 at 5:33 PM
Why would he do that? He’d have no chances of winning.

joana on February 28, 2012 at 5:36 PM

What makes you think he would have no chance? He is very popular from what I here from fam out there.

ConservativePartyNow on February 28, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Good. We’d rather have a democrat in that seat than her.

antisocial on February 28, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Nobody is surprised by your hopes.

joana on February 28, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Look, like it or not, having progressives dressed up in conservative clothing degrades the value of the conservative label. You know when the “we the people” argue there is not a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties. It is the reach around across the aisle Republicans like her that lend that argument validity in the eyes of the voters, and gives them cover to vote for the candy instead of the consequences year after year after year.

astonerii on February 28, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Please don’t give us another Marco Rubio…are you listening, Maine!

Deafdog on February 28, 2012 at 5:40 PM

You people still don’t get it. Marco Rubio was a great candidate for Florida. What are the chances he wins in Maine?

Mark1971 on February 28, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Terrific,another SCJOTUSA appointment by Hopey……

maybe Team Blue will upgrade from an olympic,to a Elan(Kagen) ,
er a Tn’t,er Mach Z!!

(sarc)

canopfor on February 28, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Lost: Snowe is very good on fiscal issues, including tax cuts.

Not sure where the hatred of Snowe is coming from. Senator Castle looks pretty good right now, doesn’t it?

We can either be a big tent with a majority or a small/shrinking tent remaining in the minority. There is only so far that the electorate will be pushed in many northeastern states. I would much rather have a majority of 55 senators with a few who agree with me 60% of the time than have only 45 senators who agree with me 90% of the time.

matthew8787 on February 28, 2012 at 5:42 PM

But seriously. What are our most likely pick ups this year?

Montana, Nebraska, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Ohio, etc?? I remember the dems defending a lot this year but cant remember. Will it be that difficult?

Flapjackmaka on February 28, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Don’t go away mad, Senator. Just… (you know).

cs89 on February 28, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Landrieu/Louisiana

Wrong class.

Landrieu is up in 2014 and probably won’t run for re-election because the environment for Dems in Louisiana is very poor right now.

Her brother is about the only Dem to win state-wide office post-Katrina and she’s not too popular after cutting a deal on ObamaCare and her party’s insistence on screwing the state between the BP spill and the permitoreum.

teke184 on February 28, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Wondering why she did not just switch to being a Democrat instead of retiring?

albill on February 28, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Landrieu/Louisiana
McCaskill/Missouri
Tester/Montana
Webb[Open]/Virgina
Nelson[Open]/Nebraska

And that’s just 5 out of the 23 the democrats are defending.

SouthernGent on February 28, 2012 at 5:41 PM

From what I hear, Tester is already gone. He has maybe 10% chance of re-election and Nebraska is gone as well.

ConservativePartyNow on February 28, 2012 at 5:44 PM

She heard the call of history re: Obamacare. Now she retires after her lone vote allowed it out of committee. Nicely done, Olympia.

And why does her retirement make taking the Senate more difficult? That’s absurd.

SouthernGent on February 28, 2012 at 5:32 PM

I agree with you. Hope the door hits Lymp in the a_ _
on the way out!

KOOLAID2 on February 28, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Not good. Our odds of taking over the Senate just went way down. Anyone know if there is a strong Maine Republican that would have a chance in heck of beating the Dem?

McDuck on February 28, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Kevin Raye. However, if Michaud runs for the Senate, Raye has no chance, so he should run for Michaud’s vacant congressional district in that scenario.

If Raye doesn’t run, maybe Les Otten, a wealthy businessman who lost the Republican primary to LePage.

joana on February 28, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Snowe was the deciding vote that brought ObamaCare out of committee, so I will take a Democrat that I know will vote with the D’s as opposed to one of the worst RINO’s in the Senate.

sybilll on February 28, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Such an ODD woman.

jake-the-goose on February 28, 2012 at 5:45 PM

It is tragic to see how the “true conservatives” misrepresent what Snowe said on this thread. She didn’t blame the GOP for the polarization from what I read. She blames both sides. I’m not even asking people to not misrepresent what their enemies. I’m only asking that they not misrepresent what their fair-weather friends say.

thuja on February 28, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Flapjackmaka on February 28, 2012 at 5:42 PM

I think the dems have 23 Senate seats to defend

ConservativePartyNow on February 28, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Landrieu/Louisiana
McCaskill/Missouri
Tester/Montana
Webb[Open]/Virgina
Nelson[Open]/Nebraska

Oh thanks. I forgot Landrieu. I really think Nebraska is easy pickings for us. If we spend in Ohio and other place we are good. Landrieu is the only state level dem in LA I think and she had a corrupt deal with O care.

Wisconsin Senate: Thompson (R) 50%, Baldwin (D) 36%

Flapjackmaka on February 28, 2012 at 5:46 PM

http://senator-conservative-ratings.findthebest.com/l/50/Olympia-Snowe

Americans for Tax Reform gives her a 50% score.

Club For Growth gives her a 27% score.

After CFG, the only lower rating is from Right to Life: 0%

INC on February 28, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Wondering why she did not just switch to being a Democrat instead of retiring?

albill on February 28, 2012 at 5:44 PM

She has more dignity than Snarlin’ Arlene?

MeatHeadinCA on February 28, 2012 at 5:46 PM

What she was really hacked off about was she couldn’t vote with the Demos without being called out for it.

yhxqqsn on February 28, 2012 at 5:46 PM

another fake conservative who can take a hint

burserker on February 28, 2012 at 5:46 PM

You people still don’t get it. Marco Rubio was a great candidate for Florida. What are the chances he wins in Maine?

Mark1971 on February 28, 2012 at 5:42 PM

It seems to me that no we have the opportunity to find out what’s available in Maine. I bet there is at least one person like Rubio, or Ron Johnson or Rand Paul…the tea party party just needs to sift through the rabble and find him/her.

The Senate/Congress from 1998-2010 sucked balls – both dems and reps.

Deafdog on February 28, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Where the heck did all these David Brookites come from at HA lately?

If the only thing that matters to you nitwits is the letter after someone’s name, you are nothing but fools. Snowe is garbage. Republicans are going to take 10 seats easy in the Senate this November considering how many seats Dems have to defend and the mood of the nation concerning Obama. Who cares if Maine goes to a Democrat? It is a wash considering who is vacating that seat.

NotCoach on February 28, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Lost: Snowe is very good on fiscal issues, including tax cuts.

Not sure where the hatred of Snowe is coming from. Senator Castle looks pretty good right now, doesn’t it?

matthew8787 on February 28, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Ummm … no and NO.

National Taxpayer Union Ratings – Olympia Snowe
2010 C+ 74% 39
2009 C 51% 39
2008 F 12% 61
2007 D 27% 48
2006 D 41% 56
2005 D 35% 55
2004 C 51% 49
2003 C 52% 51
2002 C- 41% 48

Lost in Jersey on February 28, 2012 at 5:47 PM

I can’t say on the one hand I’m not happy to see her go, but on the other it increases the chance of Reid continuing to have his death grip on the Senate and thus keeping anything from even coming up for a vote if he doesn’t want it to.

As much as it sucks, you have to go into a fight with the troops you have rather than the ones you wish you had and I doubt even Snowe would have voted for Reid to retain power. As we have seen, having Congress alone can’t get things done when there are two roadblocks and I’d rather have a chance at a Republican controlled Senate with Snowe than a Snoweless defeat.

Moral victories don’t count for much in good times and given where the country is today they count for nothing in the long term.

Betenoire on February 28, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Our chances of holding this Senate seat — Scott Brown’s as well – and the open seat in CT – are helped with Romney at the top of the ticket. Everyone else: they are all likely gone, at least ME and CT.

This election has immense consequences — not just for the presidency but for the downballot and the nation as a whole.

If we stupidly nominate Santorum, Obama is not only re-elected, he brings in Pelosi as speaker and we can kiss the Senate goodbye.

matthew8787 on February 28, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Her lifetime ACU rating of 48 will be replaced by a 0, maybe a 5 if we’re lucky. Her support for 99% of Republican judicial nominees will be replaced by someone who will vote against anyone they have a shot of derailing.

Anyone who thinks this is good new is a f*cking idiot.

BuzzCrutcher on February 28, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Snowe was a Republican? You could have fooled me.

gravityman on February 28, 2012 at 5:49 PM

So obviously she believes the partisanship is the fault of the Republicans if she is not willing to show how her party would behave differently if they were in the majority. Interesting.

Cindy Munford on February 28, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Betenoire on February 28, 2012 at 5:48 PM

But you do not go into combat with traitors at your rear.

astonerii on February 28, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Nobody is surprised by your hopes.

joana on February 28, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Look, like it or not, having progressives dressed up in conservative clothing degrades the value of the conservative label. You know when the “we the people” argue there is not a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties. It is the reach around across the aisle Republicans like her that lend that argument validity in the eyes of the voters, and gives them cover to vote for the candy instead of the consequences year after year after year.

astonerii on February 28, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Your dream is a permanent democrat majority and a re-elected Obama, we all know that.

The fact that you can write that and at the same time (pretend to) support Santorum – who was to the left of Snowe in economic issues – in the primary kind of makes too obvious you’re trolling. Consistency: practice it.

joana on February 28, 2012 at 5:49 PM

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